Yoshimi Nishida

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Nishida.

Yoshimi Nishida (西田 祥実 Nishida Yoshimi?, died February 21, 1944) was a Japanese general during World War II. He was killed in action during the Battle of Eniwetok.

Biography[edit]

Yoshimi Nishida was a Major-General in the Imperial Japanese Army, and was made commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy's 1st Amphibious Brigade, which was the main defense force for the island of Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. Nishida was in charge of the island's defenses when the US Marines invaded the island in February 1944. He erected several defensive positions to keep the American soldiers at bay one month earlier, but the small size of the island made defenses in depth near impossible.[1] In other words, the Americans would have to be stopped at the beaches, or else, they would be able to take the island easily. The Americans did so, losing only 37 marines. Nearly all of the 800 Japanese soldiers on Eniwetok Island were lost, including Nishida, who was gunned down in the heat of the fighting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. Peter Chen. "Marshall Islands Campaign | World War II Database". Ww2db.com. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 

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